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Title IBC Series, Reflections from 8 years on an International Branch Campus, Part II: Faculty – Establishment, Development and Evolution
Author Christopher Hill - Observatory Associate


An International Branch Campus (IBC) can follow varying modes of delivery, from reliance on the fly-in model to a firmly established presence of on the ground academics and teachers. There are key issues within these choices that merit closer examination as they speak to sustainability, quality assurance, opportunities for institutional growth, knowledge exchange and the development of local expertise. How do faculty roles and models evolve over time and is this by design or necessity? What are the key stages in recruitment, training and development of staff? Is success measured by growth in numbers or reduction in reliance on the home campus? These questions all speak, not just to the quality of delivery on an IBC but to its identity and intrinsic value as an entity in its own right.


The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) recruits its faculty from around the world and seeks to balance Nottingham UK senior colleagues with faculty members from Malaysia and further afield. There are consistently over forty nationalities of academics on campus ranging in discipline and experience. The system is evolving and there is no longer such a reliance on UK expertise and leadership but rather a commitment to developing capacity and supporting sustainable growth.

Date 27/06/2016
Region(s) Asia, Europe
Countries Malaysia, United Kingdom
Theme(s) Transnational Education (TNE) Models
Topic(s) Branch Campuses

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